Houston Texans 57, Tennessee Titans 14
43 points. Try to let that sink in. It still hasn’t hit me fully.
In case you somehow removed yourself from society today, you know Deshaun Watson lit up the Tennessee Titans today in his first start at home. Watson lived in the Titans endzone, tying the rookie record with FIVE total touchdowns on the day. Four in the air and one on the ground, the first after a great interception by Andre Hal.
Not even a full two minutes later, Deshaun Watson broke off to his left for an option play, pitched to Lamar Miller and he went untouched to the endzone.
On possession two for the offense, Watson led the offense down the field 76 yards and showed Nuk some love with a beautiful play fake for Watson’s second touchdown of the day.
For possession three, Watson once again went 76 yards and finished, but this time on a simple double crossing route that went Will Fuller V’s way.
Possession four saw the Texans take a their foot off the gas just a bit and settle for a field goal. However, the fifth possession came and went with a 45 yard defensive pass interference that ended with a zone run designed for Watson.
Houston finished the half scoring on five of their first six possessions.
The Texans got the ball to start the second half and came firing out the gate, going 75 yards and finishing with Fuller’s second touchdown reception of the game.
Houston would wind up punting for the first time in the game towards the end of the third quarter, but came back the ensuing possession for Watson’s record-tying fifth touchdown of the game for Lamar Miller’s second touchdown of the game.
The scoring didn’t finish there, Dylan Cole picked off Matt Cassel, who came in for an injured Marcus Mariota, and returned it for a touchdown to break 50 points on the afternoon.
The Texans managed to log at least 400 yards of offense for the second week in a row. Watson was pulled in the fourth quarter and finished 25 of 34 for 283 yards in the air with 24 yards on the ground. Lamar Miller finished the game with 23 total touches for 131 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had a productive day with 10 receptions for 107 yards.
Defensively, Andre Hal contributed with two of the team’s four interceptions. Houston held Tennessee under 200 yards total and limited them to only nine first downs.
In every facet of the game, the Texans dominated a Titans team that was favored to win by many. Whether holding onto the ball for almost 20 minutes longer or having 24 more first downs, the Texans are making a case for making noise throughout the season to all the doubters.
With the win, Houston is tied for the best record in the AFC South at 2-2 and will face Kansas City on Monday Night Football at NRG Stadium. Two teams with similar philosophies should make for one of the more entertaining primetime games of the year.